Mozaico Flamenco are among the companies and artists who will participate in this year's open house. Photo by Sanka Dee.
Mozaico Flamenco are among the companies and artists who will participate in this year's open house. Photo by Sanka Dee.

This Saturday, the Scotiabank Dance Centre once again opens its doors to dance lovers and the curious for a day-long offering of free classes, studio showings, and more.

“Our annual open house is an opportunity to celebrate a wonderful building, which has become a home for dance of all kinds, and also to experience the excitement and diversity of Vancouver’s dance scene,” says Mirna Zagar, executive director of The Dance Centre in a media release.

Among the companies and artists at this year’s open house are Mozaico Flamenco, Polymer Dance, the Dovbush Dancers, and TomoeArts.

Class highlights through the day will include a Caribbean dance fitness class to get your blood pumping in the morning, along with classes in hip hop, ballet, Ukrainian folk-stage dance, and more.

The day will also offer a variety of workshops including the nexus of dance and psychology, an exploration of creative writing and movement from a First Nations storytelling perspective, and a demonstration and workshop on kabuki from Vancouver’s TomoeArts.

This year’s studio showings includes Carolina Bergonzoni’s Slant Rhymes and Isabelle Kirouac’s Third Space.

Mozaico Flamenco will present an afternoon performance of traditional and contemporary flamenco, while Flamenco Rosario opens up the rehearsal room to share the initial stages of Anastassiia Moussatova’s project experimenting with the traditional structure of flamenco.

The 18th annual Scotiabank Dance Centre Open House takes place on September 14 from 11am-5pm at The Dance Centre (677 Davie St, Vancouver). Pre-registration is not required and all classes are suitable for all levels, including beginner. Visit thedancecentre.com for more information.